Saunders County 4-H Smore

August 31, 2018

In this week's Smore...

** Did you know that new items added are BOLDED?!?

  1. Shooting Sports Instructor ReportNe State Fair Static Projects
  2. Ne State Fair Static Pick Up
  3. Ne State Results & Special Recognition
  4. GROW by FarmHER
  5. Midwest Messenger Club/Chapter of the Month
  6. 4S Goat Expo Scholarship
  7. Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, & Events

Shooting Sports Instructor Report

Please make every effort to submit your report by October 15th or sooner. The electronic reporting form will close after October 15th.

You can access the on-line reporting form by going to:

Please note effective October 1, 2017

· All instructors must teach youth or assist in instruction of youth, a minimum of four hours in their respective discipline(s) every year.

· Instructors must also complete and submit their annual instructor report (on-line format) to the state coordinator to remain a certified instructor in their respective discipline.

· Enroll in their respective 4-H Shooting Sports project(s) area in their county. Instructors should also complete leader release form and code of conduct.

It is important for the Nebraska and National programs to be able to show the level of involvement of our volunteer instructors. Last year, volunteer 4-H Shooting Sports instructors contributed more than 43,425 hours towards the five categories of youth involvement with over 32,087 youth contacts across Nebraska.

Nebraska State Fair Static Projects Pick Up

Nebraska State Fair Static Projects will be available for pick up at the office in Ithaca beginning on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 at 8:00 AM.

We ask that you have all projects picked up before September 15!


Nebraska State Fair Results & Special Recognition

Results can be found here:

Special Recognition:

Micah Judds, Saunders – C261002 Abstract

- Exhibited a Sketchbook Crossroads, Portfolio Pathways or Design Decisions exhibit chosen for the East Campus Union Art Gallery Exhibit. The 4-H art exhibits will be on display through November and December on the third floor of the East Campus Union.

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Midwest Messenger, 4-H Club or FFA Chapter of the Week

To honor our hardworking Nebraska youth in agriculture, the Midwest Messenger is featuring a new 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week spotlight. Each week, a new club or chapter is highlighted on a sponsored full page display in the paper, featuring a photograph of current members and a brief biography of the club/chapter’s history and accomplishments. Finally, to boost their organization’s endeavors, the Midwest Messenger is giving each featured group a $50 gift card.

As this is a new program, we are hoping to lean on our state Extension agents and ag advocates to help spread the word about this recognition to 4-H leaders — and FFA educators, whenever applicable — within their counties, so that all Nebraska 4-H and FFA groups can start taking advantage of this honor. Please consider forwarding this information to your local ag youth leaders, and any other contacts who may be interested in nominating a 4-H Club or FFA Chapter for this accolade.

The nomination form can be found on our website at

The 4-H Club/FFA Chapter spotlight will appear each week in the print edition of the Messenger, as well as online at and our Facebook page,

For any questions about this program or submitting a nomination, please contact Katy Moore at (402) 374-2225 ext. 122,

Thank you for helping us celebrate the accomplishments of Nebraska’s ag youth — the next generation of America’s proud farmers, ranchers, and ag advocates.

Aksarben Horse Show


School is starting and things are already starting to get busy, but don't forget about the AKSARBEN Horse Show on September 22-23, at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

Online Entries are due August 31st!

NEW FOR 2018:

  • The minimum age requirement to participate in the Aksarben Horse Show has been lowered to 10 years of age.
  • Exhibitors are allowed to enter in as many classes as they wish as long as all requirements for that class are met.
  • Horse entries can still be accepted, whether they had nominated the horses online or not, as long as the horses were properly identified with their county extension office.
  • Showmanship classes, Western and English, will be shown together in one class for each age division. There will be one Junior Showmanship Class and one Senior Showmanship Class. No advancement level is required to participate in Showmanship.

Other Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible for exhibition, the 4-H member must have all horse projects properly identified through the county extension office in the county in which the exhibitor is enrolled and must meet that state’s identification deadline.

The exhibitors will be divided into two classes, ages 10 to 14 for juniors; and 15 and over for seniors. Age is determined as of January 1 of the current year.

Nebraska 4-H horse project members must have passes level II of the Nebraska 4-H Horse Advancement Levels to enter the 400 and 500 classes except showmanship. Members may enter 600 classes if they have passes level III.

To enter visit:

For the show flyer or more information visit:

For the show premium book visit:
4S Goat Expo Scholarship

High School senior, or be receiving their GED or a freshman in college. Must also have been active in the goat industry and have been active in 4-H or FFA. Applications due September 15

4H Shotgun Shooting

Female and Male Youth, grades 6 thru 12, interested in trapshooting are encouraged to contact Ashland Gun Club 4H. We are wanting to establish 5 person, Female and Male, Middle and Senior High School Teams for the 2018-2019 school year. No experience necessary! Hunter Safety Required!

For more information, please contact Ashland 4H: Email: Website:
Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, and Events

Companion Animal Challenge, Horse Stampede, etc....

Saunders County Extension

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.